CAGW Releases February 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 24, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its February 2017 WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its February edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Tackling Obamacare Through Administrative Action

By Elizabeth Wright

The process of repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is underway.  On January 20, the day President Trump was sworn into office, he signed his first Executive Order, which directed federal agencies to “minimize the economic burden of Obamacare pending its repeal.”  Read the full story here.

GAO’s High Risk List: One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

By Sean Kennedy

The latest iteration of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) biennial High-Risk Series, released on February 15, 2017, added three programs and removed one.  Read the full story here.

Earmark Effort Demonstrates Tone-Deafness About Swamp Drainage

By William M. Christian

On November 16, 2016, eight days after the momentous election of Donald Trump as president (with his promise to “drain the swamp”), House Republicans inexplicably contemplated the restoration of earmarks.  Read the full story here.

The Postal Service Reform Act Does Not Deliver

By Rachel Cole

It is no secret that the United States Postal Service is broken.  Reforms are essential, but H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act, falls short of what is needed.  Read the full story here.

Securing the Border: A Cautionary Tale

By Curtis Kalin

The promise to build a wall and secure the southern border of the United States was perhaps President Donald Trump’s most well-known campaign pledge.  On January 25, 2017, he signed two executive orders related to immigration, setting his plan in motion.  Read the full story here.

Caution Needed When Building Digital Bridges

By Deborah Collier

During the Obama administration, broadband projects that were supposed to reach unserved regions of the country both failed to provide the much-touted services and overlapped services in areas where private sector broadband was already available.  Read the full story here.

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